Learn to Swim

*** Please note - the parking lots at West Geauga High School and Middle School are under construction and access to the WGRC Day Camp entrance may be blocked off. During construction, the Cedar Road entrance may be closed off so please enter using the high school entrance off of Chillicothe Road/Route 306.***

Contact: swim@wgrc.org

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The WGRC is a member of the American Red Cross. All swim classes follow the Red Cross requirements and are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors.

Our Pool Director holds certifications in the following Red Cross areas: Lifeguard, CPR/PR, First Aide, and WSL (certified by Red Cross to teach swim lessons and lifeguard training.) All other guards hold a minimum of Lifeguard, CPR/PR and WSI aide certifications Water Safety is taught at all levels.

Classes will only be cancelled due to lightning thunder, heavy rain, unforeseen emergencies. In the event of a class cancellation, water safety will be taught for one class time. Refunds are not issued for cancelled classes.

Children must be fully potty trained to participate.

The American Red Cross revamped Class structure in 2004. Students will be evaluated at the first class of each session and placed in their correct level. Lifeguards monitor these levels from outside the pool, but will correct strokes individually from within the pool.

Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills: This class introduces the child to safe practices in and around the pool. Front and back float and flutter kicks will be the focus of this level. Arm and leg movements for the front and back crawl will start to be developed as well. Independent entry/exit from pool without the use of a ladder, face submersion, and blowing bubbles for 3+ seconds are required to pass to Level 2.

Level 2 – Students will learn side breathing during the front crawl and mastery of flutter kick on front and back. Front and back crawl will be completely mastered and student can independently swim a minimum of 1 lap to pass to Level 3.

Level 3 – Stroke Development: For the child ready to work in up to 7 feet of water. Front and back crawl will continue to be mastered at this level. Elementary backstroke will also be mastered. As well as these strokes, student must be physically capable of swimming independently for 40 minutes to move to Level 4.

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement: Students will develop confidence in strokes, increase endurance in front and back crawl and elementary back stroke. Breast stroke will be introduced and mastered and student will be taught how to tread water. Must be able to tread for a minimum of 5 minutes to move to Level 5.

Level 5 – Stroke Refinement: Student further refines their performance of all strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breast stroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and treading water. Flip turns on front and back introduced.

Level 6 – Swimming & Skills Proficiency: Students will refine strokes so they can swim with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Butterfly stroke will be introduced, as well as components of personal water safety, fundamentals of diving, Lifeguard Readiness, and Fitness Swimmer.


Session I June 5 June 16
Session II June 19 - Level 1 is Full June 30
Session III July 3 July 14
* no session July 4th
Session IV July 17 July 28
Session V July 31 August 11


Level 1 2:50 pm
Level 2 2:50 pm or 3:35 pm
Level 3 3:35 pm
Level 4 4:20 pm
Level 5 4:20 pm
Level 6 4:20 pm

Classes are held Monday through Friday in two-week sessions for 40 minutes each. Reservations are only accepted for 8 children per level, with a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 2 children per level.

COST: $70.00 for 1st child; $70.00 for 2nd child; $65.00 for 3rd child and $60 for four or more children.

Registration:  NEW! Click here for On-Line Registration and Payment!
To register by mail, Click Here to download the 2017 Learn to Swim Information and Registration Form.
Completed Paper Registration forms with checks made out to WGRC can be mailed to:
Summer Athletics – Learn to Swim
c/o West Geauga Recreation Council
PO BOX 393
Chesterland, OH 44026


Must have a current life guard certification and be CPR Certified

Hours:  Monday-Friday  10:00am-6:00pm, Some Evenings and Weekends

Responsible for ensuring the safety of all swimmers at the WGRC Pool. Must work to help prevent and respond to emergencies, teaching swimming lessons, and maintain constant surveillance of pool and surrounding areas. Performs various maintenance duties as directed by the Head Lifeguard and Camp Directors. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Clean locker rooms, pool and deck as needed to maintain a clean and safe experience for the children. Enforce all Pool rules, policies and regulations.

Please contact camp@wgrc.org for more information.

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